08/18/2016 by Eileen Lanza 0 Comments
My Picks for the Best Farmer’s Markets in the City!
There are so many excellent Farmer’s Markets in Los Angeles offering up every type of food and crafts you can imagine. Here are my picks for the best Farmer’s Markets in the city! If these don’t make you want to move to LA, nothing will!
Larchmont Farmer’s Market
Perhaps you saw my earlier post about the Larchmont Village Farmers Market? It is one of the best farmer’s markets in Los Angeles with upwards of 50 venders selling a wide variety of products. Or you can explore the surrounding area, and stop by one of Larchmont Village’s many quaint eateries nestled among the charming tree-lined streets. You may even enjoy some free music by a local artist. The Larchmont Village Farmer’s Market operates Sundays from 10a.m.- 2p.m. (shhh- some start early!) Free underground parking is available across the street at the Rite Aid. Meters start at 11am. Or just walk like me! Bring the whole family; the farmer’s market is wheelchair accessible. No pets; service pets only. And remember- many of the vendors are cash only! See you there!
When: Sundays from 10a.m.- 2p.m. (Sometimes they start earlier – shhhh!)
Where: 209 N Larchmont Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA 90004
(north of 1st Street, just south of Beverly Blvd)
My favorite/must have vendor is GOURMET SOUP.
Original Farmers Market
A favorite destination among locals and tourists since 1934, LA’s world famous Original Farmers Market offers over 100 gourmet grocers, restaurants from across the globe, and world class shopping in an open-air setting. GREAT way to meet up with friends in a low-key environment where everyone can get their own food and drink. They host a huge fundraiser every summer, "Taste of Farmer’s Market" and proceeds go to charity. Awesome way to sample food/drink from 50+ booths for $40! Kids love it, too, and can get a reduced price ticket.
Size: Over 100 gourmet grocers, restaurants from across the globe
When: Weekdays: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Where: 6333 W.3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036. Be sure to get parking validated.
Yamashiro Farmers Market
The Yamashiro "Mountain Market" is back for 2017! This farmer’s market takes place every Wednesday through the summer at the historic Yamashiro "Mountain Palace" restaurant sitting atop the Hollywood Hills. Come for food, drinks, music, and fun! The outdoor Pagoda Bar is open during the night market as well for light sushi fare and Happy Hour until 8pm. No street parking is available, but a shuttle service will be available at the Mosaic Church located on the corner of Hollywood and La Brea (7107 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046) for $5.00/person.
When: Every Wednesday from 5PM-10PM
Where: Yamashiro (1999 N. Sycamore Ave. Hollywood, CA 90068)
Hollywood Sunday Farmers Market
Size: Humongous! 160 farmers, producers and food artisans who specialize in every crop that’s grown seasonally around the state and a large variety of culinary perspectives and practices from around the globe. 10-12,000 shoppers each week!
Special Features & Events: hosts chef demonstrations, book signings and other family friendly events. include live music, children’s activities, a wide variety of artisans selling their handmade arts and crafts and book-signings by some of the most celebrated authors in the food world.
When: every Sunday, rain or shine, from 8am-1pm
Where: In the heart of Hollywood. Hollywood Blvd. and Ivar Street
DIRECTIONS / PARKING
Parking is available at the Sunset & Vine parking structure off of Morningside Ct. for a flat rate of $5 during market hours. We also validate at the Information Booth for the ArcLight/Cinerama Dome parking structure: $3 for 2 hours.
Street parking is available, but please remember to read all posted signs, as parking enforcement is vigilantly patrolling throughout the day.
Alternatively, the RED Line conveniently stops at Hollywood Blvd. & Vine for a short walk to the market intersection.
Beverly Hills Farmers Market
The Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market is a weekly outdoor certified market which provides the finest California-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, juices, breads, specialty items and more in a festive outdoor setting! I have driven by but have not yet shopped here.
Size: More than 60 farmers and vendors every week.
Special Features & Events: Kid’s Zone, Cookin’ Kids, Story Time, Community Services Department Showcase, Pie Bake a’la Beverly Hills and Piesta, PickleFest
When: Weekly Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.
Where: Located in Beverly Hills along the 9300 block of Civic Center Drive between Third Street and Santa Monica. Two hour free parking in the Civic Center Parking Structure. Enter structure at 450 Rexford Dr.
Grand Central Market
You may know that I LOVE exploring Los Angeles’ many historic landmarks, and Grand Central Market is no exception. Grand Central Market is the city’s largest and oldest public market, and it boasts over 50 privately owned and operated vending stalls selling fresh seafood, meats, produce, dry goods, flowers, and more. Over the last decade, Grand Central Market has become a true foodie destination featuring numerous eateries of all different styles of culinary fare. In 2014, Grand Central Market was even named one of the "Hot 10" restaurants nationwide by Bon Appetit magazine! Visit today, and you can also catch live music, movie screenings, trivia and more as you immerse yourself in a true Los Angeles landmark.
Size: Over 50 individual vending stalls, each privately owned and operated.
Special Features & Events: Happy Hour: 6pm-7pm Monday-Friday (YAY!); food and drink, live music, outdoor movies and other entertainment, Outdoor movie screenings, Trivia, and more!
When: Open from 8AM – 10PM seven days a week!
Where: 317 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013
Be sure to stop by BOMBO FOODS while you are there!
Santa Monica Farmers Market (Weds)
WEDNESDAY: Chefs from all over Los Angeles County converge on Wednesday’s Santa Monica Farmers Market for first pick of the goods. The market opened in 1981, and some of the original venders still continue to set up shop here each week! (Flying Disc Ranch in Thermal, Mike and Sons Egg Ranch in Ontario, and Scott Farms in Dinuba) Free 90-minute parking is available in the structures on Second and Fourth Streets, and bike stands are plentiful. Haven’t been in a while since I moved out of Santa Monica 17 years ago.
SATURDAY: The Saturday market is called the "Organic Market," and for good reason- it offers the largest percentage of certified-organic growers of any market in the city. Also featured are menu options from local restaurants and so much more!
Size: 75 farmers spread out over four blocks
When: Wednesdays 8:30am to 1:30pm, Saturdays 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Arizona Avenue, between 4th & Ocean in Downtown Santa Monica
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